“When the Attorney-General ceased, a buzz arose in the court as if a cloud of great blue-flies were swarming about the prisoner, in anticipation of what he was soon to become. When toned down again, the unimpeachable patriot appeared in the witness-box”. (68)
Charles Dickens uses the blue flies as symbolism for the courtroom. Excluding Mr. Darnay, the people of the court were deceitful and untrustworthy. Even the judge in this chapter was accusing the innocent individual, creating an unfair trial. This corruption disgusted Dickens so bad that he would compare the people in the courtroom to an item so revolting that flies would gather around them as they spoke of their evasiveness and favoritism.
“Charles Evremonde, called Darnay,” was at length arraigned. His judges sat upon the Bench in feathered hats; but the rough red cap and tricoloured cockade was the head-dress otherwise prevailing. Looking at the Jury and the turbulent audience, he might have thought that the usual order of things was reversed, and that the felons were trying the honest men. The lowest, cruelest, and worst populace of a city, never without its quantity of low, cruel, and bad, were the directing spirits of the scene: noisily commenting, applauding, disapproving, anticipating, and precipitating the result, without a check”. (304)
Shows how the court system in France was led by uneducated, radical, extreme revolutionaries, who clearly aren’t qualified to be judges, jury, etc. Every position in the court was held by a revolutionary, so obviously the system is unjust and corrupt.
“… Fifteen prisoners were put to the bar before Charles Darnay’s name was called, all fifteen were condemned, and the trials of the whole occupied an hour and a half.” ( 274)
Shows how the French system was bad because trials of fifteen people should take at least days, or weeks, to be decided. Shows how it was just overall bad.
Making his way through the tainted crowd, dispersed up and down this hideous scene of action, with the skill of a man accustomed to make his way quietly, the messenger found out the door he sought, and handed in his letter through a trap in it. (45)
Shows how everything about the court system had an attitude of deviance. Shows Dickens’ disgust with the corruption and untrustworthiness of the people in the court system including the chief judge, jurors, and other onlookers at the trial.